Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.
No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.
To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.
All the Tides of Fate is the second book in the All the Stars and Teeth duology. It picks up a few months after the first book when Amora is now queen of Visidia. Amora is trying to pick up the pieces of her broken kingdom, she is a troubled soul and struggling not to fall apart after the death of her father. Her grief and anxiety is a major part of the story and is handled really well by the author. To save Visidia and to try to fix her problems Amora rounds up her old and faithful crew and embarks on a journey to find a mythical artefact which will hopefully end all her troubles.
This is an imaginative tale and full of political intrigue, the world is complex and in fact it became a little too ‘busy’ at times and I couldn’t keep track. The first half was very slow, I found it tough to get into and it took some time to acclimatise and recollect everything that had taken place in the previous novel. For this reason I would highly recommend reading book two directly after the first book. All the Stars and Teeth definitely sets the scene and goes into much more detail about the division of the different islands and their geographical locations as well as the intricate magic system. You would definitely struggle with this novel without the prior background knowledge.
The characters are the best part of this book and it was wonderful to for us to revisit and spend time with the amazing crew aboard the Keel Haul. Shanty and Vataea are by far my favourite characters. Two strong females wielding amazing powers, one a face shifter and one a mermaid, who could ask for more? Both came into their own in the story and we learn much more about Shanty’s back history. Vataea, however, holds a special place in my heart, I adored her character in the first novel and my feelings remained unchanged in this one.
The romance between Amora and Bastian was a little like cat and mouse. One minute Amora wanted to ravage him and in the next she was pushing him away, it became a little tedious at times and I felt she punished him unnecessarily. I much preferred their relationship in the first book and, to be truthful, I wasn’t entirely happy with Amora’s character portrayal this time around.
It ended satisfactorily, apart from the little slightly heartbreaking twist, which I was not expecting and I wish hadn’t happened! The epilogue is wonderful and a necessary chapter as it wrapped it all up very nicely. This series is perfect as a duology, I doubt I would have continued with a third book. I have read so many like this book recently that in all honesty it didn’t really stand out hence the middling star rating. However, if you like romantic, swashbuckling, seafaring adventures, with a first-class magic system then you should definitely read this book.
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 2 February 2021
Series: All the Stars and Teeth #2
Page Count: 335
Genre: YA Fantasy
Thank you to the publisher for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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